After a widely lauded speech before Congress this week, President Trump is now faced with mounting concerns over Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions’ meetings with the Russian ambassador last year.
In January, during his confirmation hearings, Sessions denied any contacts with Russians during the campaign, but now it’s been revealed he actually met with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, on a handful of occasions. Many Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have called on Sessions to recuse himself from overseeing any investigation into potential ties between Trump’ s campaign and Russian officials.
Trump said Thursday he has "total" confidence in Sessions and was not aware of the conversations Sessions had with Kislyak.
Here are some of today’s headlines:
Claire McCaskill says she never met with the Russian ambassador, but she did (TownHall)
Sessions says his meetings with Kislyak took place because he was a member of the Senate Armed Services committee, but now a top Democrat is under scrutiny.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who has served on the committee for more than a decade, said she has never visited with the Russian ambassador. Indeed, she’s been a vocal critic, calling for Sessions to recuse himself from an investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and the Russians.
But wait, notes this piece — did McCaskill really never meet with the Russian ambassador?
It cites a January 2013 tweet from McCaskill’s official Twitter account, in which she says, “Off to a meeting w/ Russian ambassador.”
And in August 2015, this piece notes, she tweeted: “Today calls with British, Russian and German ambassadors re: Iran deal. #Doingmyhomework”